Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today announced that he has appointed April Guilbault of Norwalk to Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. The appointment is effective immediately and expires on June 30, 2017.

“I’m delighted that April has accepted the challenge to serve,” said Sen. Duff. “Her background in communications will be a great asset to the Commission’s work of educating policy-makers and the business community about women’s issues. The Commission is lucky to have her.”

“I am honored that Sen. Duff has asked me to join this important group,” said Guilbault. “Raising two daughters, I am acutely aware of the important role government can play in creating a supportive environment where women are given the opportunity to realize their fullest potential and the incentive of knowing that any success they earn will be fully recognized.”

Guilbault has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Design from Syracuse University. She has worked as a graphic artist for NBC Nightly News, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Today Show, designing news graphics, logos and related on-air material that resulted in several Broadcast Emmy Awards.

She currently works as freelance writer with a particular focus on the local and sustainable food movements. She is also a past President of Cranbury Elementary School’s PTO.

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women consists of 21 appointed commissioners, as well as staff and volunteers who work to eliminate sex discrimination in Connecticut.

The General Assembly established the Commission in 1973 to identify issues affecting the status of women and to provide leadership and information to policy-makers, as well as the business, non-profit and educational communities. The Commission has helped advance legislation to protect pregnant workers, prohibit sexual harassment, and create the first family and medical leave protections in the country.

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